Course Information

Next informational meeting: Dec. 9th 2019

The course is now full, but waitlist slots are open.


Please complete the application, including the following:

Your unofficial transcript and a 500 word essay describe why you’re interested in the course and how the course will benefit your academic career.

Course Overview (BIOL 497 – 3 Credits)

Dates: December 30, 2019 to January 6, 2020

Students will study biological oceanography as they learn skills to sail an ocean-faring sailboat. The cruise will begin on the 30th of December, from St. Croix (U.S. Virgin Islands) and will sail through the British Virgin Islands to reach the final destination of St. Thomas. Students will partake in lessons on biological oceanography and hands on experience conducting experiments on physical and oceanographic experiments.

  • physical and geological data collection
  • sea water chemistry analysis
  • plankton tows
  • snorkeling on Caribbean reefs
  • sailing training

The course will be taught by Dr. Mónica Medina, in addition to SEA faculty.

There are 22 open slots available and the application process is competitive.

Fees and Deadlines

Funding to cover course fees is available. Deadline fast approaching! Please check the Student Funding tab for additional information.

The course is approximately $2500 (cost of flight travel not included). Fees cover one night  hotel stay in St. Croix and room and board on the vessel. Student funding opportunities are available through Global Programs and the Eberly College of Science.

$500 due ASAP.  Course seats are held on a first come, first serve basis.

$1000 fee due: September 30, 2019

$1000 fee: October 30, 2019

NOTE: Fees are non-refundable.